A goal in each half steered Chelsea to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle to move to the top of the Premier League table.
Chelsea flew out of the traps and deservedly got themselves in front as Federico Fernandez put the ball through his own net from a Blues corner with just 10 minutes on the clock.
The Blues got a little sloppy and allowed the home side back into the match, but killed off the Newcastle response with a devastating goal on the counter created by Timo Werner, finished off by Tammy Abraham, on the scoresheet for the third game in a row.
The hosts finished the encounter having had one shot on target all match, as Chelsea made it 12 unbeaten in all competitions to, temporarily at least with rivals in action later in the weekend, climb atop the Premier League summit for the first time under Frank Lampard.
Newcastle had no answer to the Blues onslaught early on, and moments after one of those heat seeking missile crosses from Hakim Ziyech had forced a fine save from Karl Darlow, Mason Mount drilled over the cross after a short corner, and Fernandez, under challenge from Ben Chilwell, could do nothing as he steered the ball into his own net.
Werner, looking to quickly forget Germany’s 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in midweek, really should have made it two just after the half hour mark, but somehow slid the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
The chances continued to come and go for Chelsea, with Newcastle creating some openings of their own, but the hosts’ profligacy was punished in style by Chelsea, with Werner putting on the afterburners to scythe Newcastle open before setting up Abraham for that killer second.
All is not well at Newcastle, with fans disgruntled with what they are seeing from afar. Chelsea, on the other hand, are hitting top gear and sending a real message to their rivals.